A cop thought he was going to rescue a baby in a hot car, when in actuality, he saved a plastic doll.
Lt. Jason Short of the Keene Police Department responded to a 911 call last month that told the authorities a baby was left in a hot car at a shopping plaza, New York Daily News reported.
Short shattered the car window with his baton thinking that the baby was in distress.
According to WMUR, he commented on the baby’s appearance saying it, “Looked lifeless, looked dead.”
Once the officer began to breathe into the baby’s mouth, he soon realized that the infant wasn’t real.
“I went to put my finger in its mouth and it was all resistance,” he said. “And I’m like, ‘This is a doll.’”
After realizing it was a fake baby, Short canceled his ambulance call and said, “It felt like a baby. It looked like a baby. And—and everything about it was ‘baby.’”
Carolynne Seiffert, a Vermont resident, is the owner of the doll named Ainsley, which cost her $2,000.
Seiffert collects over two dozen dolls to cope with the death of her son.
“I’ve been laughed at and embarrassed by all the fuss. You can’t know how people choose to deal with losses in life,” she said.
The officer offered helpful advice to Seiffert and others who plan on leaving dolls in their car in the future.
“If you’re willing to take the doll out in the car, be willing to take it into the store,” Short said. “That would be the only advice I have. Or leave it at home.”
The Keene Police Department plans on paying Seiffert for the window damage to her car.
After the incident, the woman bought a bumper sticker to put on her car as a warning to others that her doll is not a real baby.
This officer's failed attempt at initially realizing this baby wasn't real shows the reoccurring issue of officers not paying close attention to what's in front of them.
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